Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Picture of Arizona gay Sheriff's boyfriend published as Latino group calls for Justice Department abuse-of-power investigation

An Arizona TV station published a picture of Jose Orozco, the ex-boyfriend of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, after a Latino Rights organization, Respect Respeto, sent a request to the U.S. Department of Justice for a probe of Paul Babeu for abuse of power, according to MSNBC.
Respect Respeto wants the sheriff investigated on behalf of every immigrant who has been threatened with deportation.
     The group alleges in its request to the Justice Department that Babeu made "text messages, pictures and threats that are unbecoming of an elected sheriff."
     The letter, signed by the group's director, Lydia Guzman, reads, "The threat came from the top law enforcement officer in Pinal County, a person who’s sworn to protect and serve victims of crime. These types of threats and acts of intimidation send a horrible message to the migrant community that they cannot look to their law enforcement agencies for protection when they are victims of a crime."

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